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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

End of the H-1C

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by Chris Musillo

On December 20, 2009, the H-1C Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas visa program will expire unless Congress takes further action. All H1C petitions must be filed before the December 20, 2009 expiration. At this point, it is unexpected that Congress will take the necessary action. The program was first authorized in 1999 and was last reauthorized in 2006. The H-1C is an H-1B-like visa program specifically for Registered Nurses.

While the H-1C program could be an excellent visa option for some, legacy regulation and interpretation has limited the application of the H-1C to just 14 facilities in the United States. While the H-1C expiration may be devastating for these 14 facilities, it will have no effect on any other facilities in the United States.

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  1. jeynena 's Avatar
    Hi Chris,

    what will happen after an H1C visa is issued? what will happen to the RN? will they be sent home or be given an extension like the H1B?
  2. Chris Musillo's Avatar
    You will remain on H-1C status until the expiration of your I-94 card. After that you must change to another status, or you will have to leave the US.
  3. jignasha patel's Avatar
    till which date i can apply for h1c visa? if i apply for h1c with in 5th december 2009... then is it valid..?
  4. fatima's Avatar
    my PETION FOR h1c was approve on 4th December.Appointment for interview was missed at embassy /was turned back by processors because a form with info was not printed,got date for 22 and was told that I would be informed as the date pasesed .I wait anxiously as the embassy contact Dept of State ........
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